There are many hundreds of great restaurants in Playa and here are some of our suggestions. We have arranged them in geographically – those closest to the villas are in Playacar – then those on 5th Avenue, then those in Playa, but off 5th Avenue. Although 5th Avenue is famous for its restaurants and entertainment, in recent years Avenida 10 has also become a great street for choosing a restaurant – there are many options all along 10th – which is the main street as you exit Playacar from the main entrance.
All are casual and popular with Playacar residents
Casa Sofia – Great value Italian restaurant which is very popular with locals and long term expats. Just outside Playacar between the town entrance (turn left) and the entrance half way along Paseo Coba (turn right). Reservations recommended! Tel. 984 166 4252 address Av. Aviacion s/n, Playacar, 77723 Playa del Carmen
Don Pepperoni – Argentinian next to Latinos in Plaza Pakal and very popular for excellent take-away pizzas Tel 984 8033990
L’Atelier – Café with great French bread and perfect for a morning coffee – next to Don Pepperoni in Plaza Pakal Tel 984 8034500
Los Aguachiles – Just outside Playacar on Avenida 10. Great for tacos
5th Avenue Restaurants
Tropical – Mexican, mayan and international dishes at reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere. On La Quinta
Frida Kahlo – A high end restaurant for the special night out. Located on 5th Avenue / Calle 8 and it is themed on the legendary Mexican artist. The menu is a fusion of traditional and modern dishes and reflects the diversity of Mexican regional cuisine.
La Parilla – Popular and lively Mexican grill, often with Mariachi bands.
All the classic Mexican dishes. Best by taxi – junction Constityentes/5th
La Bodiguita – Cuban restaurant with live Cuban music most nights starting at about 8.30pm
Two blocks north of Yaxache on 5th Avenue – best by taxi. The atmosphere is Cuban, with salsa many evenings. Also possible to visit just the bar. Cuarta Bodeguita 5ta Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte,
Tel. 984 803.3951
100% Natural – outdoor dining in a casual atmosphere on La Quinta, with many vegetarian options Calle Quinta Avenida 209 Mz 28, Centro, 77720 Tel. 984 873 2242
Carboncitas – Mexican restaurant, largely ‘Tex-Mex’ style, always popular. Between Avenida 5 and 10 on calle 4; so about 10 minutes walk from the Playacar entrance.
El Oasis – Popular for seafood on calle 12 between Avenida 5 and 10
Chez Celine – Boulangerie, café popular for breakfast – on 5th but at the northern end, so taxi or car recommended.
Eldiez Parilla Argentina – Argentinian steak house with steaks, empanadas etc. La Quinta – calle 30. 984 8035418
Restaurants off 5th Avenue
La Famiglia Excellent, casual Italian on 10th Avenue, calle 10. Reservation recommended! Closed Mondays. Tel. 984-803-5350
Como Como – Opposite La Famiglia, high quality international cuisine.
Po Thai – Excellent Thai food with a casual atmosphere. 10th Avenue, near Constytientes
Ipanemas Grill – Brazillian steakhouse on Avenida 10, calle 10
Los AguaChiles – Great seafood tacos – and other tacos. Another restaurant in the same chain is on Avenida Constituyentes and 1st
Babe’s – Noodles and Thai between 5th and 10th Avenida / Calle 10
Restaurant Cueva del Chango – Old style Playa restaurant, taxi recommended – calle 38
Cheesters – Pasta with more than you can eat! Ave 40 / calle 4 – taxi recommended
La Mission – Good quality Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. Ave 10, just outside the Playacar entrance
La Alux – Restaurant / lounge set in a cave. Best by taxi – Juarez Mza Av 217 Lote 2 Col Ejidal diagonal between 65 y 70
El Fogon – Local style tacos for a casual and light meal. Two restaurants close together on Ave 30/Constityentes, opposite the Mega supermarket and the other on Ave 30 opposite Walmart supermarket
Beach Bars / Restaurants for Lunch
Xpu-Ha – Just south of Puerto Aventuras, relaxing beach restaurant with live music many weekends and a beautiful bay.
El Merkadito – Small fish restaurant in Puerto Morellos, just north of the main village square, on the beach.
Zenzi – c/10 and the beach
Fusion – c/6 and the beach
Wah Wah – c/2 and the beach
Fah – 5th Avenida between c/8 and c/10
La Bodiguita – Cuban restaurant with live Cuban music Avda 5 / c34. The live music varies but is usually every evening except Monday. Starts 8.30 – 9 for two hours – and is usually great!
Cirque du Soleil – Resident show in the Riviera Maya
Mostly found on c/12 between Av 5 and the beach.
Coco Bongo – on Av. 10/12
Cirque du Soleil This show is famous worldwide – and it can be enjoyed right here in the Riviera Maya
Reef – Located in Playacar between our houses and the golf club (it is in the opposite direction to the town of Playa del Carmen)
Mamitas – Located on c/28 and the beach at the north end of town and has a youthful atmosphere. Check for music events on their website
Kool – Located near Mamitas c/28
Zenzi – Bar and restaurant with evening music – in the heart of Playa del Carmen town beach
Wicky’s – In the heart of the Playa del Carmen town beach